Massive demonstration in Madrid in support of Western Sahara people

Madrid (Spain), November 19, 2018 (SPS) - Thousands of people gathered Saturday afternoon in Madrid in support for the decolonization and independence of Western Sahara, calling on the Spanish government to revoke "the Declaration of Madrid signed in 1975, which allowed the Moroccan invasion of the Saharawi territories."

"Illegal Pact" and "Spain responsible, Morocco guilty" were among the slogans chanted during the demonstration, staged on the sidelines of the 43rd European Conference for Support and Solidarity with Saharawi People (EUCOCO 2018).

The participants to the great march, which started from Atocha square, in the centre of Madrid, carried signs expressing support for the legitimate demands of the Saharawi people who are fighting against occupation, condemning the official position of Spanish government.

The march, held in support of the Western Sahara people was an opportunity to underline the 43rd anniversary of the Declaration of Madrid (14 November 1975), which had paved the way for Morocco's invasion of Western Sahara territories.

"We stand in solidarity with the Saharawi people and we support their struggle," the demonstrators chanted throughout the event. 

"Justice" and "solidarity with Western Sahara people (who are fighting) for liberty and independence," the signs carried by the demonstrators read.

Some of the demonstrators even called for "armed struggle" to put an end to Moroccan occupation.

The protesters also called for Western Sahara people's legitimate right to self-determination, and called for the release of the political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik activist group.

"It is a clear message meant to Spain, France and the occupier, Morocco, to put an end to the suffering of the Saharawi people," an Argentine activist supporter of the Saharawi cause told APS. (SPS)